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Accountability is a concept in ethics and governance with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as responsibility, answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private (corporate) worlds. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.
As a term related to governance, accountability has been difficult to define. It is frequently described as an account-giving relationship between individuals, e.g. "A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct"., Accountability can not exist without proper accounting practices, in other words absence of accounting means absence of accountability.
In Anlehnung an die obige Definition aus Wiki würde ich es "Maßnahmenbündel zur Sicherstellung einer ordnungsgemäßen Verwaltung" nennen, dessen Fehlen seitens der nigerianischen Polizei und Regierungskommission in besagtem Zusammenhang bekrittelt wird.
Wie in Wiki im letzten Absatz betont wird, kann ohne konkrete Maßnahmen zur Handhabung einer verantworteten Vorgangsweise nicht von der Wahrnehmung der entsprechenden Verantwortlichkeit die Rede sein.